Gardaí investigating the murder of James Cahillane, of Killorglin, Co Kerry, on Apr 19 last, have yet to make a breakthrough in their probe and feel people with useful information have yet to approach them.
His daughter, Lisa, yesterday said the past eight months had been “incredibly difficult” for the family.
“He was such a loving, kind man and didn’t deserve to go like this — that’s the most difficult thing for us.
“He was much loved and we received great support from the community.
“He was a pure gentleman and the kindest man you could meet.”
The body of the separated father of two was found in the hall of his home at Ardraw, a quiet rural area 5km outside Killorglin.
The house was engulfed by a blaze and, at first, it was thought he had died in the fire. However, gardaí are now satisfied he had been assaulted prior to the fire starting and had serious head injuries.
Urging anyone with information to come forward, Ms Cahillane told Radio Kerry: “We want to try to move on from this horrible event. We want someone prosecuted for this.”
Insp Donal Ashe said it was “still very much a live investigation,” but they were missing some essential information.
“We’ve got great support up to now, but we’re appealing to any person yet to come forward, or to anyone who may have seen something on the night in question or in the weeks or months beforehand, to come forward.”
The inspector said every effort was being made to bring the investigation to a successful conclusion.
“However, we are still missing vital links,” he said.
The late Mr Cahillane had been socialising in a number of public houses in the town on the night prior to his death.
He got a taxi home at about 11.50pm, on Apr 18, and arrived home at about midnight.
According to gardaí, people out fox-hunting in the area did not notice anything unusual happening around his home at 1.30am on Apr 19, but the emergency services received a call from a neighbour reporting a fire in the house at 2.20am.
Upwards of 300 people have been interviewed, CCTV footage has been scrutinised and extensive door-to-door inquiries have been carried out in the area.
Anyone with information can contact Killorglin Garda Station at 066 9790500, or Caherciveen Station at 066 9473600.